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June 16, 2009 Subject:
More Renaissance than Medieval: 1430-1619
*Early English Meals and Manners* by Frederick James Furnivall included John Russell's Boke of nurture -- Wynken de Worde's Boke of keruynge -- The Boke of curtasye -- R. Weste's Booke of demeanor -- Seager's Schoole of vertue -- The babees book -- Aristotle's A B C -- Urbanitatis -- Stans puer ad mensam -- The Lytylle childrenes lytil boke -- For to serve a lord -- Old Symon -- The birched school-boy &c. &c. Note that all those were in Ye orygynall Olde Englyfhhe orthography, so you might want to read the modern English versions in Edith Rickert's *The Babees Book: Medieval Manners for the Young*. This gives a period view of manners, nicely translated. In most cases, tedious verse is rendered in less maddening prose. Three books are from the 1430's, two each from the 1460's and 1500, and one each from 1446, 1475, 1480, 1551, 1557, and 1619. So for those of us who think of the Renaissance as not-Medieval, the title is rather misleading: most of these would be considered Renaissance (one, Early Modern). Certainly you will want these as a guide to behavior at the table and on the street in these periods, both for nobles and for the middle classes. No, no duelling codes, alas. For more on behavior for a Renaissance noble, look for *The Courtier* by Castiglione.